Friday, July 17, 2009

US Senator Gillibrand Gives NY Locavores a Voice

"I will continue to be a voice for our local farmers in Washington, D.C. New York's farmers are a critical part of our economy and we must ensure their success. Initiatives to buy local is important to our food security. Strengthening our agricultural sector and promoting healthier nutritional standards are critical parts of our long-term health and economic growth."
--- Kirsten Gillibrand, July 15, 2009

Photo (courtesy of K. Gillibrand Senate website): Kirsten Gillibrand joins "Grown on LI" campaign with County Executive Tom Suozzi (April 2009)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the first Senator from New York to sit on the Agriculture and Nutrition Committee in nearly 40 years. This is great news for farmers, especially in New York State and on Long Island, and for children. And, I love that she understands that buying local is "important to our food security".

This week, Gillibrand was selected as Chair of the Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant & Animal Health and Nutrition, Food Security, Futures and Derivatives and General Legislation Subcommittee and the Energy, Science and Technology Subcommittee.

What this means is that Gillibrand will focus on improving the health and well-being of children via her work with federal nutrition and hunger programs as well as spearhead initiatives on food safety, pricing, trade, market development, animal welfare and even biofuels on these committees.

Read the press release for more details (July 15, 2009)
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"She gets it." Long Island Farm Bureau Executive Director Joseph M. Gergela III says of Gillibrand in connection with the Grown on Long Island campaign launch in April.

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi joined Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the Long Island Farm Bureau to kick off the "Grown on Long Island ” campaign to promote the purchase of locally-grown produce and horticulture items.
“Long Island is home to plenty of farmer’s markets, garden centers, farm stands, and wineries, giving our residents easy access to fresh local fruits, vegetables, jellies, juices, homemade baked foods, wines, and beautiful flowers, plants and other garden items," said County Executive Tom Suozzi at the campaign launch. “These products haven’t had to travel thousands of miles, which means that shoppers know exactly what they are getting. At the same time we’re supporting our local farming community, which is the backbone of our economy.”
For info on where to find farmstands and farmers markets on Long Island, check out the Grown on Long Island website for a searchable list and location map of farmstands and farmers, with driving directions and hours

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